Student Conference on Conservation Science


Irina Herzon - In search for evidence fit for practice 

Working in small groups, we will define evidence needs in the field of (agricultural) landuse expected of conservation biology. We will then work through the latest Pan-European review of the existing research in field across Europe in order to identify gaps in evidence, and ponder on the reasons. We will finalise our work by reflecting on how our own research could contribute to filling in the gaps. Though focusing on agricultural ecosystems, the workshop’s process and results will be relevant for any field, in which conservation biology has a role to play.


Ferenc Jordán - Science communication for scientists

We are more and more involved in science communication and dissemination to the public. This is important but sometimes it seems to be more important than communicating to each other in the scientific community. But we need robust views and compromises before sending out the message. Since tons of papers are published daily, we need to be clear, short, precise - and we need to do our best to target the audience. And we have to do all this with a fine schizophrenia, being an Author, a Reviewer, an Editor and a Reader - in one body. My workshop will be subjective but evidence-based. 


Eszter Kelemen - Does the plurality of values influence your decision? A situational game.

Students will work in three groups, analysing the same fictional case study but building on different sets of information. You will play the role of policy decision makers discussing the potential impacts of an infrastructure development project. Will you arrive at the same conclusion, even if you have biased information on certain value dimensions? Why, or why not? The workshop helps answer such questions as part of the game and the follow-up reflection round.


Dr. Juliet Vickery - TBA